§ 4. Mr. Hannam
asked the Secretary of State for Energy when he last met the chairman of the National Coal Board.
§ Mr. Hannam
Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that he fully supports Sir Derek Ezra's statement at the opening of the pay negotiations that moderation in this year's settlement is essential if the long-term investment plans of the coal industry are to be successful?
§ Mr. Ioan Evans
When my right hon. Friend next meets the chairman, will he discuss with him the conclusions of the tripartite group on the development of the South Wales coalfield, in view of the fact that output and productivity there are rising at a higher rate than in any other coalfield in Great Britain?
§ Mr. Forman
Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that at a recent meeting at which the Chief Secretary to the Treasury was present he pressed his right hon. Friend to make it possible for the NCB with the NUM to make a settlement outside the Governmnt guidelines?
§ Mr. Woodall
When my right hon. Friend next meets Sir Derek, will he have a word with him about the implementation by the Board of the coal mining subsidence legislation? Is my right hon. Friend aware of the widespread concern in my area about the lack of adequate information on subsidence and, secondly, the lack of consideration in providing adequate compensation for suffering caused by stress and strain?
§ Mr. Tom King
Why did the right hon. Gentleman not give a straight answer to 7 my hon. Friend the Member for Exeter (Mr. Hannam)? Does the right hon. Gentleman support Sir Derek Ezra's call for moderation in pay claims if the capital investment programme in the coal industry is to be sustained?